CPA Now

By Peter Calcara

PICPA Vice President - Government Relations

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Return for Brief Pre-Election Session

    There are only a handful of session days in the Pennsylvania legislature before November’s election recess, so lawmakers will be using this narrow window to add to their list of 2021-2022 accomplishments. The PICPA will be involved, advocating for several important goals before time runs out on the session.
    Full story
  • Tax Reduction Home Run a Highlight of Pa.’s 2022-2023 Budget

    Seven days after the 2022-2023 fiscal year began on July 1, Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers did finally adopt a $42.8 billion state General Fund appropriations bill. This year there was big news on the tax front: there will be a staged reduction in the Pennsylvania corporate net income (CNI) tax rate -- the state’s first CNI tax rate reduction in more than two decades.
    Full story
  • PICPA Advances Pass-Through Entity Tax Reform Initiative

    With both the political and economic environments seemingly ripe for such a discussion, the Pennsylvania General Assembly appears poised to address a variety of tax law changes. One that could appear on the legislative agenda is PICPA’s effort to address the growing inequity in state and local taxation via an elective pass-through entity tax.
    Full story
  • The PICPA and the Pa. Revenue Department Nurture an Open Dialogue

    Annually, the PICPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DOR) meet to discuss issues affecting CPA practitioners and their clients and to bring clarity to complex regulations. In October 2021, the PICPA State Taxation Steering Committee hosted the DOR. Topics covered include personal income and corporate tax, sales and use tax, and administrative issues.
    Full story
  • CPE Carryover Will Not Apply to CPAs

    Act 116 of 2020 permits boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to allow licensees who earn continuing education credits in excess of the amount required for license renewal to carry over excess credits and apply them to the next biennial renewal period. Unfortunately that does not include CPAs.
    Full story
  • Pa. Budget Passes General Assembly with Relative Ease

    This year, we experienced a political unicorn in Harrisburg. Not only were the 2021-2022 state budget negotiations relatively painless, but also everything was voted on in an expedient fashion and the budget was wrapped well before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Adding to the overall ease of the process – and probably another political unicorn – was the state’s revenue surplus and unused funds received from the federal government for COVID relief.
    Full story
  • More than Municipal Primaries: The Constitution and Courts on the Ballot

    Much of politics is local, to paraphrase former U.S. Speaker of House Thomas P. O’Neill, and Pennsylvania voters in May 2021 will determine who will vie for positions in the county courthouse, townships, boroughs, and school boards. This year’s primary election, however, has added significance with proposed amendments to the state constitution.
    Full story
  • PICPA Scores Three-in-One Legislative Victory

    It is rare when the stars align in Harrisburg, but when they do it is an impressive process to watch unfold. The PICPA was a key contributor to just such an occurrence when the state House and Senate lawmakers agreed to expedite legislation championed by the PICPA that addresses three problematic tax issues. A victory for the public, a victory for CPAs, and a victory for PICPA!
    Full story
  • CPAs Offer Financial Policy Options to Pennsylvania Lawmakers

    CPAs have extensive experience helping clients meet their fiscal challenges head-on and directing them toward success. Pennsylvania, too, faces fiscal challenge, and the PICPA's Fiscal Responsibility Task Force has developed a report to assist those in governance find a sound financial footing for the state's financial health.
    Full story
  • Forgiven PPP Loans Now Exempt from Pa. Personal Income Tax

    The strength of PICPA's 20,000 members was on display recently in Harrisburg as the PICPA scored a major legislative victory in ensuring that forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans would be exempt from state personal income tax.
    Full story
  • PICPA Virtual Town Halls Bring Members Closer to the Action

    The PICPA recently hosted a series of virtual town hall meetings in all 11 of our chapters. The Legislator Town Hall series gave members an opportunity to hear from our elected officials and raise concerns in an informal setting.
    Full story
  • Successful Advocacy Requires Finding New Paths Forward

    At this time of year, the PICPA government relations team usually is humming along preparing for PICPA’s annual Day on the Hill event. We had been contemplating changes to this annual gathering, but with the COVID-19 pandemic it seems our hand has been forced. It’s time to pursue new paths forward in advocacy.
    Full story
  • Pa. General Assembly Gives Dept. of Revenue Authority to Extend Filing and Payment Deadlines

    The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 1232, which amends the Fiscal Code and temporarily authorizes the Department of Revenue to extend tax filing and payment deadlines. The PICPA has spoken with state legislators about the need for consistency across taxing bodies and levels, and this legislation provides much needed clarification.
    Full story
  • Pa. Property Tax Reform: For Real This Time?

    Most public policy issues get addressed in some form or fashion, while others never seem to get resolved. Pennsylvania school property tax reform is one of those issues that hangs around year after year. Believe it or not, progress is being made on this front.
    Full story
  • Pa. CPA Law: PICPA Working on Enhancements

    The PICPA is seeking amendments to the Pennsylvania CPA Law that will enable CPAs to better meet the needs of an evolving industry. House Bill 2288 will codify the professional conduct standards and expand the scope of education applicable to an accounting degree, among other adjustments.
    Full story
  • Dues Tax Meeting with DOR Provides Clarity, Guidance

    The PICPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue met to discuss DOR’s Sales and Use Tax Letter Ruling 20-001, which spoke on the taxability of professional association membership fees. The discussion provided much needed clarity.
    Full story
  • Pennsylvania Opens Door to Taxing Membership Fees

    On Jan. 31, 2020, the Pa. Department of Revenue issued Sales and Use Tax Letter Ruling No. SUT-20-001, which states that if membership fees include the transfer of taxable property in addition to nontaxable services, the entire membership charge is subject to tax. This presents a host of issues for the PICPA and other membership communities.
    Full story
  • Ever Receive a Dated Tax Notice from the Pa. DOR? Act 90 of 2019 Establishes a 10-Year Collection Window

    House Bill 17, now Act 90 of 2019, was the culmination of more than a year’s work over two legislative sessions of the General Assembly by the PICPA and its friends in the legislature. Find out how difficult this advocacy process can be.
    Full story
  • Expungement in Pa.: Clear a Minor Infraction from Your CPA Record

    Act 6 of 2018 gives the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) the authority to expunge the disciplinary records of licensees under BPOA’s jurisdiction. But what does that mean exactly for CPAs in the state?
    Full story
  • Occupational Licensing Reform Needs a Guard Against Mishap

    State lawmakers across the country are removing barriers to a person’s right to work in numerous occupations and professions. Some have taken the path of outright elimination of state licensing. The PICPA is taking an active role in protecting the CPA designation so the profession will not be caught flatfooted should similar legislation be brought up for a vote in Pennsylvania.
    Full story
PICPA Staff Contributors
Follow @PaCPAs on Twitter